What is the basis of Fellowship? In 1 John chapter 1 John begins the epistle by talking about his experience with the Word of life, who is none other than Christ whom he identified as the Word in his gospel (John 1:1). He saw the life of Christ manifested (v2) proclaimed that eternal life that comes through Christ and in verse 3 he says, “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” In other words the basis of our fellowship as Christians is SALVATION!. The goal of the gospel is not just to save an individual from hell, but to put a person into a fellowship: With God, and with others. We must recognize that every true believer is in the fellowship. The objective and the proclamation of the gospel is to make a person part of an eternal partnership, shared eternal life, shared partaking of the divine nature. This is most important because it means that every believer is entitled to full participation in that fellowship. Our responsibility the, in the fellowship, extends to anyone and everyone who is in that fellowship. If you are a true believer, you are in the fellowship. Allow me to attempt to illustrate that: You may be walking down the aisle in an airplane, and the airplane hits a bump, and you fall, you stumble, you land on some poor person sitting there comfortably in the chair, and you may hurt yourself and/or that other person. But you have fallen inside the airplane. That is very different than opening the door and jumping out. This means that the responsibility that we have for each other in the fellowship keeps going on and on. So the answer to the question “What is the basis of fellowship?” – It is Salvation. We don’t earn fellowship, nor do we deserve it, we are placed into that position like a child born into a family. This means that everyone in our world who belongs to Christ belongs to you, and you to them, so treat them special!